We have a problem here. I’ve got spring fever and it’s only the middle of January. This happens every year right after Christmas. I can always keep my spirits up for Christmas, even sometimes for New Year’s. But after the lights and the magic are gone I wish so much that I could just fast forward through the next couple months. I can’t stand winter. I know I’m not alone when I say it would be much easier if it weren’t so damn cold for weeks at a time. When you have a small baby, it takes a lot of effort to get outside when it’s -10C. If it’s any colder than that, you pretty much stay inside and make do with in-house activities. This is not the easiest task for someone who thrives on spending time outside. Read More
Not every meal ideal or recipe needs to be complicated. In fact, this is a SIMPLE side dish, as so many people struggle with what sides to serve at meals. This is also one of those dishes that some people may have been hearing a lot about lately, but who aren’t sure how to incorporate it into their normal cooking routine.
Holiday Sausage Strata
“Holiday Sausage Strata” sounds like a complicated dish, dreamed up by some Larousse or Emeril to further complicate one’s Christmas and New Year traditions. Who knows – some famous chef may have been responsible for this masterpiece, but the saving grace of this recipe (in this time of absorbingly complex kitchen activity) – featuring all the breakfast essentials of eggs, sausage, cheese, and bread – is that it is laughably easy and guaranteed to please the crowd – either on Christmas morning, or on New Year’s Day (when it contributes all the ingredients necessary to soak up last night’s revelry, if needed). Read More
With the festive time of year upon us, ‘tis the season for holiday parties and potlucks. This is an easy recipe that is gluten free, and will be a hit at any event you host or need to bring an appetizer to. It is so simple to make, which leaves you with plenty of time to deck the halls, shop for gifts, and to enjoy some Christmas cheer!
It’s the season for parties and sharing and eating more than you’re used to. And inevitably, there are the potlucks – the opportunity to make one thing for everyone, and enjoy everyone else’s one thing. And, when one has to be wary about what might be in those cookies or cheese log or charcuterie, it’s always helpful to bring along to the party something that everyone – yourself included – can enjoy to the maximum, without fear of gluten. Why not be the life of the party, bringing the jewel in the crown of party foods – Gluten Free Wings, for a Crowd.
This recipe just cannot be called anything else. Uncle Bill’s Chicken is the only thing it has been known as for my entire life. Fittingly, my Uncle Bill, a real guy, and my real great uncle, made it up, and it’s been in the family for years. It’s simple, delicious, and only requires 5 ingredients total.
Enigma is now going to be my beer of choice. It’s that good. It’s compulsively drinkable. It doesn’t have the bready heft of a Guinness, nor the hoppy sting of an IPA, but if you want one of the finest ambers you’ve ever tried, buy this one. And share it with your gluten-sensitive community, because now there’s no excuse not to.
Hello, dear readers! I have very graciously been allowed to rant to you all about my baking adventures. If you haven’t tried it yet, allow me tell you something: gluten free baking is not easy. I have personally been gluten free for roughly 3 months now, but my fiancé has been for 3 years. He has no official diagnosis, but with his mother and one older sister having the diagnosis, it was a no brainer. Read More
Hamburger salad sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but that’s essentially what it is, so I’m going with it. You may look at it like a “deconstructed” burger as well, and that works too. If taco salad is considered a “salad” then so is this. I have to admit; with as common as taco salad is, its distant cousin hamburger salad now needs its time in the spotlight.
Signed, sealed and delivered! On Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, we officially delivered the first shipment of the GFYYC Goodie Bags to subscribers in and around the city of Calgary.
We’re happy to report that we were able to fill our first goodie bag with over $58 worth of “goodies” contributed by various local businesses. Here’s what we had inside:
Local favourite The Coup provided each subscriber a copy of their cookbook full of recipes to be tried out at home. Paterson’s Cabin hand-crafted Celiac-safe lip balms for each and every person. Vin Room provided gift cards inviting subscribers to come into their Mission or West Side location and enjoy complimentary amuse-bouches for up to six people. And there was even something sweet! Cookie Mama submitted a buy one get one free coupon to pop in and grab a cupcake or a cookie.
We are now hard at work putting together all the details for our next shipment, to be sent out this December. We are looking for local businesses that offer gluten-free products (food or beauty) as well as restaurants in and around the city that feature gluten-free items on their menu. We want to be able to connect our large gluten-free community with all the businesses that are out there working hard to create and provide options for them—and this is how we plan to do it!
We have committed to one full year, with four shipments—one per season. And if it goes well, we’ll keep it going after that!
Registrations are officially open for next shipment, so if you haven’t already signed up—do it fast!
To learn more, or to subscribe to the GFYYC Goodie Bag, visit www.s691857731.online-home.ca.
Gluten Free Calgary is a local organization committed to providing resources for people living gluten-free in Calgary and beyond. Since 2012, our efforts have included a weekly recipe blog, restaurant reviews, the GFYYC map, co-collaborating on various events and now branching out with the GFYYC Goodie Bags!
It was a Saturday night, so we knew it would be busy, but when the friendly hostess at Una told us that for a table of 4 it would be 1.5-2 hours wait, we all agreed in unison to go have a drink elsewhere and wait it out, as they take down your number and give you a call when your table is ready. We had all been there many times before and knew it was going to be worth the wait. We finally were seated at 10:30pm, and the place was still packed, with a line out the door.
I dunno by what sorcery the Mexicans have devised a means of delivering such a fulfilling and satisfying meal on these 5-inch, handmade disks of cornmeal pleasure, but it works. Brian Gebbie’s Awko Taco in Cochrane faithfully follows the two-thousand-year old tradition of serving tasty goodness, handful by perfect handful.
On Wednesday, the 28th, I got to be part of one of the most fun GF activities ever – the Amber Approved Gluten-Free Pizza Crawl as part of #yycpizzaweek. #yycpizzaweek is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels as well as an awesome opportunity to try some of the best restaurants in Calgary. Read More
Calgary is full of awesome restaurants all over town, and ever since we emerged in 2012, we have been so pleased to watch as more and more of them began to offer gluten-free menu items that were safe for our community to enjoy.
First of all, we want to give them all some mad props. We can’t express how great it is to be able to go out and eat with your friends and be able to order at least something, and in some cases, a lot of things, off the menu. At Gluten Free Calgary, we like to show some love for these restaurants by featuring them on our GFYYC map and now we’d like to take it a step further and hand out some awards! Read More
It was just over a decade ago, when I lived in Ireland – the homeland of the savory pie, that I learned the difference between shepherd’s pie and cottage pie. It is actually where I first learned that such a thing as cottage pie actually existed, and that all the years prior to that moment, I was incorrect in my labeling of shepherd’s pie and that there WAS an actual difference.